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Not Taking Advantage of Travel Discounts is Lame [agree?]


Travel Discounts

Do You Skip Travel Discounts because you believe they are a scam? Do you not look for travel discounts because you are lazy or just don’t know where to look?

I ran a test last week at a gas station to see if one would use my offer to take my fuel discount card to get 0.5 cents off a gallon for their car. I have 20 gallons I can use a day for this card, so I wanted to see if people were leery about using my card to get a nickel off a gallon.

Answer: yes, they were. I got responses like “will I be monitored” or “does this benefit you” or “why are you doing this for me?”

I did get 1 person to use it, they thanked me and saved about 30 cents (6 gallons) on their gas purchase.  I told them I was doing this as a mini, well, very mini-test to see if people understand or use discounts that are right in front of their face.


Are you Traveling Soon?

Discounts For Students

If you are a student planning travel to a foreign country, consider getting an international student identification card before you leave. Many restaurants, museums, and tourist stops offer discounts when you show student identification. Although the card costs money to obtain initially, the savings you achieve are often far greater than the base cost.

You can save a lot of money on your next vacation by purchasing a last minute travel deal. Many websites now offer this feature. When travel agencies, cruises, airlines and the like have unsold vacation packages, they offer them at steep discounts the closer they get to departure date.

When booking a hotel room, don’t be afraid to negotiate. While many hotel clerks aren’t able to move too much on price, there may be other perks they can offer, such as meals or parking. In some cases, the desk staff isn’t able to offer discounts or packages unless the guest specifically asks about them.

Vouchers Are Available

Most airlines will overbook their flights during busy times or seasons. In the event that too many people show up for the flight, they will need volunteers to take a different flight at a later time, in exchange for vouchers for travel, food, and lodging that can be used at a later date. If you aren’t in a hurry, you can pay for part of your next vacation!

If you have an unpleasant experience when traveling, whether with a hotel, rental car agency, or airline, don’t be shy about asking for compensation in some way. Obviously, you will insist that the problem is corrected in a reasonable amount of time, but you also can assert your rights to be compensated for your time and trouble. If you are kind and calm and open to compensation other than monetary, you will often find yourself in upgraded accommodations, first-class seats, or with free restaurant vouchers.

Coupons Are Real

Do some research ahead of time and look for dining credits and coupons for your destination. You can also save a lot of money by getting advice about where to eat before you depart. This is better than asking for recommendations when you are already hungry and in a strange place.

Scout out coupons and deals. Before you set off for your destination, do a thorough Internet search for attraction and restaurant discounts. A month or two before you leave, sign up for a local deals flash site for your destination to score some great discounts. You can also look into purchasing a coupon book for your destination. Browse the coupons it contains and determines if the cost of the book will be more than made back in the money you’ll save.

When you arrive at your hotel location, check out the local brochures. A lot of brochures offer fun and affordable activities within the area. Some travel pamphlets even offer coupons for more than one person and have little maps to guide you in the right direction. Local brochures can be a fun way to explore a new area.

Planning your vacation should be fairly easy if you follow these tips. You should be able to find good deals and not forget anything. Planning is great, but remember that your trip should be about fun and adventure too. Make sure your trip remains a fun experience that you will remember.






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